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Information for Everyone
Learn about Librarians & Librarianship
The 21st-Century Librarian
A five-minute video from The New York Times. (Adobe Flash required to see video)
25 Famous Librarians Who Changed History
Ben Franklin, Melvil Dewey, and others.
33 Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians are Still Extremely Important
From DegreeTutor.com.
At Your Library: Expert Staff
Topics include: "How Can Librarians Help Me?" and "Make the Most of Your Librarian." From American Library Association (ALA).
How One Library Pioneer Profoundly Influenced Modern Librarianship
A biography of Melvil Dewey. Provided by Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC).
Librarians in Popular Culture
Article from Wikipedia. (Please read their disclaimers.)
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Librarians
An overview of the general job duties librarians perform. Sections include: Nature of the Work, Training, Other Qualifications and Advancement, Employment, Job Outlook, Projections Data, Earnings, Related Occupations. Provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
You Don't Look Like a Librarian!
Described as "a collection of talks and resources relating to the image and perception of librarians in the Internet age."

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Learn about Libraries
About Middletown Thrall Library
Learn about the library, its history, administrtion, departments, and services. See also the "About Thrall" section of our Thrall Publications page.
Andrew Carnegie - A Brief Biography
Learn about the philanthropist who helped establish public libraries.
Dewey Decimal Classification System
A simple introduction to the DDC. From Thrall's "Do the Dewey" trivia website. See also these links to learn what subject headings and/or numbers are used to classify and shelve certain topics at Thrall:
How Do I Use the Library?
A general introduction to library services and benefits from American Library Association (ALA).
How to Create a Home Library
From How Stuff Works.
Library FAQ
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about libraries. From ibiblio.org.
A Library Is...
A one-page flyer for young researchers on what a library is and does. (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)
Library Terminology & Concepts
Definitions for popular library terms, and more.
Library Use Value Calculator
"What is your Public Library worth to you?" Use this interactive tool to get some estimates. Provided by New York Library Association (NYLA).
Love Your Library
Includes stories, videos, and quotes from people who love their libraries. There is also an option to share your own story. From the American Library Association's (ALA) iLoveLibraries.org website.
Middletown Thrall Library: Library Help Pages
Answers to common and frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the library system catalog, getting a library card, renewing items borrowed, library fines, and more.
How To Become a 21st Century Librarian
"Before deciding librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today's librarians do all day." From Library Journal. See also this free e-book (mentioned in the article) So You Want to Be a Librarian by Lauren Pressley.
What We Do for You
A list of services and benefits Middletown Thrall Library provides to its community. (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)
Why Libraries Matter
An overview of what public libraries do and contribute to the world. (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)

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Library Catalogs
Local Library System (RCLS)
Middletown Thrall Library:
Library Catalog - Main Entrance Page
Children's Catalog
Government Information Catalog
Local History Library Catalog
Young Adult Catalog
More Catalogs & Collections
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS):
All Member Library Catalogs
RCLS/OverDrive eFiles: eBooks and eAudiobooks Catalog

Other Library Catalogs
Library of Congress Catalog
OCLC FirstSearch
Available only at Thrall.
Overdrive Download Library Search
Search for eBook-lending libraries by zip code.
Southeastern NY Library Catalogs
"Search for books, magazines and other resources available in the academic, special, public, and school library community in southeastern New York."
WorldCat
Search the collections of libraries around the world. Note: not all libraries are included.

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Local Libraries
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)
& SUNY Orange
Libraries in Orange County, New York
Includes: Central Valley, Chester, Cornwall, Florida, Goshen, Greenwood Lake, Highland Falls, Highland Mills, Middletown, Monroe, Montgomery, Newburgh, Pine Bush, Port Jervis, Tuxedo Park, Walden, Warwick, Washingtonville.
Libraries in Rockland County, New York
Includes: Blauvelt, Haverstraw VLG, Haverstraw KDPL, Nanuet, New City, Nyack, Orangeburg, Palisades, Pearl River, Piermont, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Stony Point, Suffern, Tappan, Tomkins Cove, Valley Cottage, West Nyack, LARC.
Libraries in Sullivan County, New York
Includes: Callicoon, Eldred, Fallsburg, Grahamsville, Jeffersonville, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Narrowsburg, Roscoe, Wurtsboro.
Libraries in Ulster County
Includes: Cragsmoor, Ellenville, Gardiner, Wallkill.
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS): Websites of RCLS Member Libraries
SUNY Orange Library
Orange County Community College (OCCC) Learning Resource Center.


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Local Library Systems
in New York State
Mid-Hudson Library System
Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library System
Public Library Systems in New York State
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)
See also New York State Library's Public Library Service Area Maps for RCLS.
Reference and Research Library Resources Systems in New York State
School Library Systems in New York State
Southeastern New York Library Resources Council
Westchester Library System


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Libraries in New York State
Find Your Public Library
Directory of libraries provided by the New York State Library.
New York Public Library
New York State Library
See also their Division of Library Development pages.
Public Access Law Libraries in New York State
See listing (under Orange County) for the Supreme Court Law Library in Goshen, New York (mailing address and contact information only).
Public Library Law in New York State (rev. 2006)
From the New York Library Association (NYLA). PDF format (view with Adobe Reader). See also NYLA's Library Laws and Regulations in New York State and NYLA's Laws and Regulations website.
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Libraries in the USA
Library of Congress
From LibWeb:
Academic Libraries
National Libraries
Public Libraries
Special and School Libraries
State Libraries

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Libraries Worldwide
Libdex - Worldwide Index of Library Catalogues, Libraries & Books
Search or browse
From LibWeb:
Africa and the Middle East
Asian Libraries
Australian Libraries, New Zealand, the Pacific
Canada
Central American and South America
European Libraries
Mexico and the Caribbean


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Library Humor & Fun
Library Cartoons, An Annotated Bibliography
From LibraryHumor.com.
Library Humour
An archived website from International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
Library Jokes for Kids
From Wacona Elementary School. Archived website.
Library Science Jeopardy
How many questions can you get right?
Unshelved
A daily web comic/cartoon about libraries.
Warrior Librarian
A blog. See also Warrior Librarian Weekly's archive of library humor.


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Local Library News & Events
Middletown Thrall Library: News & Events
Also see our quarterly library newsletter and RE:fresh Reference Department newsletter
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) Libraries
Find your library's website and see their "News," "Programs," or "Events" section.

Residents in or beyond New York State, see also these sections to find your local library's new page:


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Presidential Libraries (U.S. Presidents)
Archives.gov: Presidential Libraries
Sections include: Learn about and Visit Presidential Libraries, Research Presidential Documents, Explore Public and Education Programs, news, and more.
C-SPAN: Presidential Libraries - History Uncovered
"This continually growing web site houses hundreds of newly discovered films, audio, and video recordings and serves as the companion piece to C-SPAN's television and radio series."
Libraries Established in Honor of U.S. Presidents:
Select a library from the list below:
John Quincy Adams National Historic Park & Library
George H. W. Bush Presidential Library
George W. Bush Presidential Library
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
Richard Nixon Presidential Library
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
Harry S. Truman Presidential Library
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library


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Readers' Advisory
Developmental Materials
Genrefluent
"The World of Genre Fiction from the author of Genreflecting."
Novelist Plus
Middletown Thrall Library cardholders and staff members have access to Novelist. In addition to being a readers' advisory tool, Novelist provides material to help professionals develop their RA skills. Training modules, articles, newsletters, descriptions of genres and appeal factors, and ideas for book displays can all be found in Novelist.

Also check out Novelist Plus K-8.
Reader's Advisor Online
Book reviews in a blog format. Said to be based on Libraries Unlimited's Genreflecting series of reader's advisory guides. See also their Reader's Advisor newsletter.

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Reading Suggestions
for Readers
Booklovers Web Guide
Book lists (by theme), reviews, discussions, news, and more for readers. Also check out our Booklovers Blog for monthly title selections. (PDF format (view with Adobe Reader)
FictionFinder
"FictionFinder is a project of OCLC Research that provides access to 2.8 million works of fiction found in the OCLC WorldCat database. With FictionFinder, you can search for books, eBooks, and audiobooks by titles, authors, ISBNs, and other information such as literary awards and book summaries. You can also browse the FictionFinder database by genre, fictional character, imaginary place or setting, and subject." Provided by Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC).

Update from OCLC: "While we work on a new version of Fiction Finder, you might find one of these featured projects interesting":
WorldCat Genres
Coookbook Finder
Kindred Works
Literature Explorer
Browse literary classics and authors. Directory by Thrall.
Personal Reading Plan
A free service provided by Middletown Thrall Library. Tell us what or who you like to read, and we'll offer some suggestions!
Thrall Publications for Readers
Includes: Beyond the Bestsellers, Booklovers (Services for You at the Library), Celebrity Favorites, Finding Self-Help Books, Future Title Watch.
Random Reads
Get random reading suggestions, including titles, authors, and topics in the library catalog. A free service provided by Thrall.
RAVES! A Readers Advisory Service by Middletown Thrall Library
Discover or search for interesting books and authors or submit your own suggestions through this free service.
Reading Tips for Parents
Advice and suggested strategies for encouraging children to read and develop reading comprehension. From the U.S. Department of Education. Also available in Spanish (Espanol).


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Doing Research
Learning Resources & Library Services
Ask a Librarian
You can come to Thrall's Reference Department, call our librarians (845-341-5461) when the library is open, or, at any time, ask us a question over the Internet. Our librarians are eager to help you!
Biographies
Need to look up a famous or historical person? Try these Internet resources and databases.
Citations & Style Guides
Citing sources, compiling bibliographies, MLA/APA/etc. citations.
Critical Thinking
Learning to ask questions and evaluate information.
Databases & Encyclopedias
Research databases, specialized encyclopedias, and more. Available to members of Thrall.
Doing Research, Writing Research Papers
Topics include: General Research Considerations & Evaluating Information, Citations and Style Guides, Online Research - Internet/Web/Electronic (General Online Research Considerations, Current Events Sources, Research Databases on the Web, Virtual Reference Library Websites - Finding & Evaluating).
Databases & Encyclopedias
Full text article databases and encyclopedias available at the library. Many resources here can also be accessed at home by members of Thrall.
Information Guides
Browse or search Middletown Thrall Library's many information guides to find websites online or books, videos, or other items in the library catalog.
Issues & Viewpoints - Pros & Cons, Debates
You can use these sites in our Ready Reference Center to explore various ideologies and ideological positions on a wide variety of topics and controversies.
LightSwitch Search Tools
Learn to search the Web more effectively through subject-specific search engines and more descriptive and precise search terms.
Reference Services & Online Research
Helpful publications from Middletown Thrall Library's Reference Department. Documents are in PDF format: view them with Adobe Reader.
Reference Service News
News and announcements regarding research services from Middletown Thrall Library's Reference Department.
Virtual Reference Library
For Thrall members only. Access entire reference works over the Internet - either at the library or at home. Subject areas include: Arts, Biography, Environment, History, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, Social Science.


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Library Trivia & History
Boston Public Library: First Facts
Fun facts including the "first library to allow its citizens to borrow books and materials."
FunTrivia.com: Libraries
Quizzes and trivia about libraries.
The Mysterious Fate of the Great Library of Alexandria
The author of this article states, "A much more detailed and heavily footnoted paper about the libraries of Alexandria, their foundation and their fate is available here."
History Magazine: The History of the Library
Libraries throughout history, from the Great Library of Alexandria up to Andrew Carnegie's effort to help create public libraries in the United States.
Librarians in the Movies: An Annotated Filmography
From the David O. McKay Library, Brigham Young University.
The Library Company of Philadelphia
"The Library Company is America's first successful lending library and oldest cultural institution. It was founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin as a subscription library supported by its shareholders, as it is to this day." Includes images, history, and downloadable documents.
Library Fact Sheets
"The ALA Library receives inquiries from librarians across the country and around the world, as well as from the general public, on a wide variety of library topics. We have prepared fact sheets on the most asked-about topics." Includes Number of Libraries in the United States, Number Employed in Libraries, Lists of Libraries, Public Library Use, Setting Up A Library, and more. From the American Library Association (ALA).
The Library History Buff
"This site is divided into three broad categories. The 'Library History' category includes Web pages with information about library history. The 'Librariana' category includes Web pages with information about the collecting of library memorabilia and artifacts. The 'Postal Librariana' category includes Web pages with information about the collecting of postal artifacts related to libraries." A blog is also available.
Library of Congress: Fascinating Facts
See also their History page.
The Nation's Largest Libraries: A Listing By Volumes Held
"This fact sheet lists the top 100 largest libraries in the United States by volumes held." From the American Libraries Association (ALA).
New York Public Library: History
Sections include: Origins, Building the Library, Creating the Neighborhood Libraries.
Middletown Thrall Library: 1901 - 1996: A Historical Study of a Small City Public Library
See also Thrall's "About" page
Quotations about Libraries and Librarians
From International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
World's Largest Libraries
List from Libraryspot.com.


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Virtual, Electronic, & Digital Libraries
Archives & Online Reference Works
American Philosophical Society: Digital Collections
"The APS Library holds a tremendous amount of visual, audio, and other multimedia materials within its collections. As more and more items are either digitized or accessioned in digital format, the library will endeavor to provide standardized descriptive practices and access to these holdings over the web. Consequently, this page will evolve and grow to accomodate the expansion of digital collections. Please check back frequently to discover the most recent additions." Categories include: Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Broadsides, Early American History, Eugenics, Benjamin Franklin, Genetics, Lewis and Clark, Maps, Math and Physics, Medical History, Native American Images, Native American Sound Recordings, Natural History, Philadelphia Views, Portraits, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Cornell University Library: Registry of Digital Collections
Their digital collections include: Andrew D. White Architectural Photographs Collection, arXiv.org, Beyond the Taj (Architectural Traditions and Landscape Experience in South Asia), Billie Jean Isbell Andean Collection (Images from the Andes), Bolivian Digital Pamphlets Collection, Claire Holt Collection (Slides of Indonesian Art, Architecture, and Culture), Core Historical Literature of Agriculture, Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell East Asia Series, Cornell Modern Indonesia Collection, Cornell Real Estate Review, Cornell University Archival Guides, Cornell University Collection of Political Americana, Cornell University Digital Archives, Cornell University Library Historical Math Monographs, Cornell University Library Historical Monographs Collection, Cornell University Library Witchcraft Collection, CTHEORY Multimedia, CUGIR: Cornell University Geospatial Information Repository, Cuneiform Library at Cornell University, eCommons@Cornell, Ezra Cornell Materials, Food Policy for Developing Countries, Friend of Man, Louis Agassiz Fuertes Illustrations Collection, Global Performing Arts Database, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, History of the Left in Latin America, Hive and the Honeybee Collection, Home Economics Archive (Research, Tradition, and History), Human Ecology Historical Photographs, The Huntington Free Library Native American Collection, Icelandic and Faroese Photographs of Frederick W.W. Howell, Images from Cornell's Rare Book and Manuscript Collections, Images from the Map Collection, Cornell University, Indonesia, International Women's Periodicals, Kheel Center Labor Photos, Kinematic Models for Design Digital Library, Knight Visual Resources Collection, Liberian Law, Locale Collection, Making of America, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Muller:Kluge (Conversations Between Heiner Muller and Alexander Kluge), Mysteries at Eleusis, New York Aerial Photographs, New York State Historical Literature, Preservation News, Project Euclid, Race Ethnicity and Religion, Regmi Research Series, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, SagaNet, Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection, Southeast Asia Program Data Paper Series, Southeast Asia Visions (A Collection of Historic Travel Narratives), Stevens Family Papers, USDA Economics Statistics and Market Information, Utopia Collection, Vicos Collection, Vivo: Virtual Life Sciences Library, Willard Dickerman Straight and Early U.S.-Korea Diplomatic Relations, Windows on the World (Joseph Baum, Michael Whiteman, and Dennis Sweeney - Restaurant Projects).
D-Lib Magazine
"D-Lib Magazine is a solely electronic publication with a primary focus on digital library research and development, including but not limited to new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues."
Digital Preservation.gov: The U.S. National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP)
News, video presentations, publications, and more.
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
A national library currently being developed. From their Elements of the DPLA page: "The DPLA will incorporate all media types and formats including the written record-books, pamphlets, periodicals, manuscripts, and digital texts - and expanding into visual and audiovisual materials in concert with existing repositories. In order to lay a solid foundation for its collections, the DPLA will begin with works in the public domain that have already been digitized and are accessible through other initiatives. Further material will be added incrementally to this basic foundation, starting with orphan works and materials that are in copyright but out-of-print. The DPLA will also explore models for digital lending of in-copyright materials. The content that is contributed to or funded by the DPLA will be made available, including through bulk download, with no new restrictions, via a service available to libraries, museums, and archives in the United States, with use and reuse governed only by public law."
Europena
"Europeana enables people to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections. It promotes discovery and networking opportunities in a multilingual space where users can engage, share in and be inspired by the rich diversity of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage. Ideas and inspiration can be found within the more than 15 million items on Europeana. These objects include: Images (paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects), Texts (books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers), Sounds (music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts), Videos (films, newsreels and TV broadcasts)." From the European Union, et al.
Google Books
Use the Advanced Search to locate full books. Note: Some book records only contain chapter outlines or limited previews.
Harvard University Library: A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections
Collections include: Botanical and Cultural Images of Eastern Asia (1907-1927), Bracton Online (Bracton on the Laws and Customs of England), Jacques Burkhardt Collection and Papers of Thayer Expedition to Brazil (1865-1866), Chinese Rubbings Collection, Coin and Conscience (Popular Views of Money, Credit and Speculation), Contagion (Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics), Daguerreotypes at Harvard, A "Daring Experiment"(Harvard and Business Education for Women, 1937-1970), Digital Scores and Libretti, Dying Speeches and Bloody Murders (Crime Broadsides), Expeditions and Discoveries, Harvard Map Collection Digital Maps, Harvard/Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf, Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, Holocaust Rescue and Relief, The Human Factor, Immigration to the United States (1789-1930), Islamic Heritage Project, Joseph Berry Keenan Collection, Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection, Legal Portraits Online, Mercator Globes at the Harvard Map Collection, A New and Wonderful Invention (The 19th-Century American Trade Cards), Nuremberg Trials Project (Case 1 Medical Trial), Reading (Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History), The Rev. Claude L. Pickens Jr. Collection on Muslims in China, The Singer Continues the Song (Text and Music from the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature), South Central China and Tibet: Hotspot of Diversity, Studies in Scarlet (Marriage and Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914), Sunk in Lucre's Sordid Charms (South Sea Bubble Resources in the Kress Collection at Baker Library), Women Working (1800-1930).
Hathi Trust Digital Library
"HathiTrust was conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California system to establish a repository for these universities to archive and share their digitized collections."
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
"The Digital Archives provides access to a growing collection of searchable digitized historical documents, images and materials. Archivists at the JFK Library are working to digitize and make available to the public all of our archival and museum holdings, beginning with the papers of President John F. Kennedy and his administration. Learn more about Access to a Legacy, our large scale digitization initiative."
Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections
"Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections is an online database that provides public access to digitized materials from the collections of the Margaret Herrick Library. Currently, the database contains more than 3,000 items, including correspondence, photographs, early release fliers, full issues of rare periodicals, sheet music and movie star ephemera. The database also includes complete copies of more than 250 Academy publications, dating back to the founding of the organization in 1927." Examples of collections: Academy Awards Collection ("selected Academy Awards photographs, rule books, programs and ephemera"), Alfred Hitchcock Papers, Mary Pickford Papers, Motion Picture Periodicals, Sheet Music Collection, and Movie Star Ephemera ("fan magazine covers, fan club publications and movie star memorabilia, as well as products endorsed by or featuring images of movie stars").
Middletown Thrall Library: Databases & Encyclopedias
General and subject-oriented/specialized databases and encyclopedias freely accessible to members of Thrall. Topics include: Arts, Automotive Repair, Biography, Book Searches & Reviews, Business & Companies, Community Organizations, Directories, Education, Encyclopedias (Britannica, World Book, Grolier, Americana, and others), Genealogy, General Research, Government Information, Health, History, Jobs & Careers, Language, Law, Literature, Local History, Multicultural & International, Music, Newspapers, Obituaries, Online Courses, Religion, Science & Technology, Social Issues, Student Research Tools, Virtual Reference Library.
Middletown Thrall Library: Digital History Initiative
"Middletown Thrall Library makes local history material accessible online through our Digital History Initiative, an ongoing endeavor to provide local history information to local and global communities of Internet users who have an interest in our area. Original copies of Digital History documents are maintained in the Local History Room at the library." Collections include: Historic Post Cards, Images of Local History, The Middletown Directory (1857 - 1858), Middletown Firsts, Middletown: A Retrospect of the Years, Middletown Thrall Library - 1901-1996: A Historical Study of a Small City Public Library, Orange County Agricultural Society 70th Annual Exhibition, Local History Image Database. See also our Obituary Database and the Local History home page for more information.
Middletown Thrall Library: eBooks
Electronic editions of books, audiobooks, and other materials. Browse or search. eBook downloads are freely accessible to members of Thrall / RCLS.
Middletown Thrall Library: Virtual Reference Library
Home access for Thrall members only. A digital reference collection available at Middletown Thrall Library. Topics and titles include: Arts (Arts and Humanities Through the Eras, DK Eyewitness Companion: Art, DK Eyewitness Companion: Film, DK Eyewitness Companion: Great Musicians, DK Eyewitness Companion: Photography, VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever), Biography (Encyclopedia of World Biography), Business (Business Plans Handbooks), Environment (Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia), Health and Medical (Encyclopedia of Womens' Health, Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health: Infancy through Adolescence, The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests, Men's Health Concerns Sourcebook), History (American Decades Primary Sources, Ancient Europe: 8000 BC to 1000 AD - An Encyclopedia of the Barbarian World, Dictionary of American History, Elizabethan World Reference Library, Encyclopaedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of Irish History and Culture, Historic Events for Students: The Great Depression, New Dictionary of the History of Ideas), Multicultural Awareness and Issues (The African American Almanac, The African-American Years: Chronologies of American History and Experience, Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, Holidays Symbols and Customs, Global Viewpoints: Immigration, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life), Mythology (DK Eyewitness Companion: Mythology), Nation and World (Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations), Religion (DK Eyewitness Companion: Religions, Encyclopaedia Judaica, Encyclopedia of Religion, Global Viewpoints: Religion, New Catholic Encyclopedia), Science (Encyclopedia of Scientific Principles, Global Viewpoints: Climate Change, Science of Everyday Things, UXL Encyclopedia of Science), Social Science - Issues and Ideas (DK Eyewitness Companion: Philosophy, Encyclopedia of Terrorism, Global Viewpoints: Immigration, Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources).
New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL)
NYS residents can read about and access databases made available through NOVEL. Thrall members can access all NOVEL databases and more at this link
The New York Public Library: NYPL Digital Gallery
"NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more." Browse or search.
New York State Library: Digital Collections
Choose from: Education Laws and Policy Documents, New York State Government Documents, New York State Library Scanned Publications Collection (browse this area by topic), United States Government Documents. Most documents are in PDF format (view with Adobe Reader).
Princeton University Digital Library
Collections include: Block Prints of the Chinese Revolution, Digital Library Bookshelf, Falda publications, Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, James Gillray Collection, Historical Photograph Collection (Grounds and Buildings Series), Hogenberg Engravings, Interborough Rapid Transit Company Subway Posters, James S. Hall Collection of George Frideric Handel, Japanese and Chinese Prints and Drawings, John Baptist Jackson Chiaroscuro Woodcuts, Jean-Charles Krafft Publications, Latin American Posters Collection, The Lorenzo Homar Collection (1937-1999), Nineteenth Century Sheet Music Collections, Princeton Digital Library of Islamic Manuscripts, Princeton University Historical Postcard Collection, Robert Nanteuil Collection, Scheide Library : Fifteenth-Century Printing, Taller de Grafica Popular Prints and Posters, The Sid Lapidus '59 Collection on Liberty and the American Revolution, The Thomas Nast Collection, Western Americana Collection, Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative.
Project Gutenberg
An online archive of downloadable e-texts (electronic/digitized texts). Includes classics, historical works, biographies/memoirs, letters, essays, novels, poetry, and much more.
Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks
Handwritten cookbooks, circa 1600s - 1960s, documenting culinary history in America and Europe and how tastes have changed over the years. From the University of Iowa Libraries.
Smithsonian Libraries : Digital Library
"The Smithsonian Library's 'Digital Library' contains digital publications, collections and objects including online exhibitions, webcasts, digital editions, bibliographies and fact sheets, and finding aids/inventories for collections such as our trade literature collection and artist files." Collections include: The Art of African Exploration, Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music, Archive of African Artists, Celebrity Caricatures, Chasing Venus (Observing the Transits of Venus 1631-2004), Czech Book Covers of the 1920's and 1930's, Doodles Drafts and Designs (Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian), Drawing from Life (Caricatures and Cartoons from the American Art / Portrait Gallery Collection), Frontier Photographer (Edward S. Curtis), Heralds of Science, A Jules Verne Centennial (1905 - 2005), The Making of a Homemaker, The Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of Birds of Ohio, Nile Notes of a Howadji (American Travelers in Egypt, 1837 - 1903), An Odyssey in Print (Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries), "Make the Dirt Fly!" (Building the Panama Canal), Parcel Post (Delivery of Dreams), Picturing Words (The Power of Book Illustration), Vibrant Visions (Pochoir Prints in the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum Library), Ramelli's Machines (Original Drawings of 16th Century Machines), Samuel P. Langley - Aviation Pioneer, Science and the Artist's Book, Smithson's Library, From Smithson to Smithsonian (The Birth of an Institution), From Horses to Horsepower (Studebaker Helped Move a Nation), Underwater Web (Cabling the Seas), Voyages - A Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition, Wonder Bound, Taking to the Skies (The Wright Brothers and the Birth of Aviation), Zoos- A Historical Perspective.
UCLA Digital Collections
Collections include: AIDS Poster Collection, Archive of Popular American Music, Campaign Literature Archive (A Century of Los Angeles Elections), Center for Oral History Research, Hoover Collection (Images of UCLA), June L. Mazer Archive at UCLA, Los Angeles Times Photograph Collection, Patent Medicine Trade Cards Collection, Sheet Music Consortium, Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Sound Recordings, Walter Gordon Collection of Photographs.
World Digital Library
"The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world."
Yale University: Digital Collections
"The cross-collection search above retrieves results from over 500,000 images in selected Library Digital Collections." Please note: some images are "not available off campus." Collections include: AdHoc Image and Text Database on the History of Christianity, Arabic and Middle Eastern Electronic Library, Avalon Project, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Digital Images Online, Chinese Rare Books, Classics Department at Yale Digital Collection, Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection, Manuscripts and Archives Digital Image Database, Internet Mission Photography Archive, Medical Library Digital Library Collections , Music Theory Treatises, The Yale Medicine Thesis Digital Library Project, Yale Silk Road Database, Yale University Art Gallery, Yale University Map Collection.

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Information for
Library Personnel, Professionals,
& Information Specialists
Advocacy & Access
- Marketing Library Services
Promoting Open Access to Information & Intellectual Freedom
Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference in Youth Development and Education
"Research and statistics to help advocates make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education."
Advocating in a Tough Economy Toolkit
Sections include: Introduction, Talking Points, Making the Case, Outreach, Talking to the Media, Working with Govt. Officials and Legislators, Staging a Rally, Library Checklist, Contacts, Resources. From the American Library Association (ALA).
American Library Association (ALA): Issues & Advocacy
Topics include: Access (Access to Information, Equity of Access), Advocacy & Legislation (Advocacy Institute, Advocacy University, Federal Legislation, Know Your Stimulus, Legislative Action Center, Library Ecosystem, Public Awareness, State & Local Efforts, Tools for Advocacy), Copyright (Anti-piracy Legislation, General Copyright, Google Book Settlement, Intellectual Property, International Copyright Activities), Diversity (Cultural Programming to Promote Diversity, Outreach to Underserved Populations, Reports, Diversity Research & Statistics, Workforce Development), Intellectual Freedom (Censorship & First Amendment Issues, Filtering, Privacy & Confidentiality, International Issues), Activities (International Assistance, Global Issues, Resources & Professional Opportunities), Library Funding Updates (Federal Library Funding, Public Library Funding, School Library Funding), Literacy & Reading Promotion (Adult Literacy, English for Non-native Speakers), Professional Ethics. See also the ALA's Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) pages.
American Library Association (ALA): Save Libraries in Your State
"ALA Chapters have created - or helped create - websites dedicated to saving the libraries in their states."
American Archives Month
"Whether you're interested in planning an event, issuing a press release to attract media coverage, or prepping for a media interview, these "evergreen" resources will assist you in enhancing public awareness of your repository - and your profession!" From the Society of American Archivists.
American Library Association (ALA): Network Neutrality
Sections include: What is Net Neutrality?, Why is Net Neutrality an issue?, Why does Net Neutrality matter to libraries?, The issue of Regulation vs. Competition, Conclusion, Where can I found out more?
Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
"The Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members, who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, library cooperatives, and library consultants." Includes tips on improving library accessibility. From the American Library Association (ALA).
At Your Library
"@ Your Library" is a website from the American Library Association (ALA) which explores the many kinds of useful, educational, and positive services libraries provide.
Banned Books Week
"Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment." Includes news and information on censorship attempts, Frequently Challenged Books, and other related topics. American Library Association (ALA).
The Campaign for America's Libraries: @ Your Library
Includes information on Library Card Sign-up Month, National Library Week, and related promotional materials. From the American Library Association (ALA).
Celebration Weeks
Promotional themes (and related resources) for various months throughout the year. From the American Library Association (ALA).
Censorship: News and Advice
"Censorship news and advice for librarians and educators from School Library Journal."
Choose Privacy Week
"Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. The campaign gives libraries the tools they need to educate and engage users, and gives citizens the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy." From American Library Association (ALA).
Declaration for the Right to Libraries
"We have planned a campaign called America's Right to Libraries and developed a Declaration for the Right to Libraries to serve as a strong public statement of the value of libraries for individuals, communities, and our nation. Through this initiative, libraries of all types will have the opportunity in the next year to hold signing ceremonies where community members, organizations, and officials can visibly sign and stand up for their right to have vibrant school, public, academic, and special libraries in their community." From the American Library Association. Includes downloadble/printable PDFs of the Declaration in English or Spanish. See also ALA's press release (7/22/2013) "ALA Council endorses Declaration for the Right to Libraries")
District Dispatch
"District Dispatch is the official blog of the American Library Association’s Washington Office. We cover federal library legislation, policy and related news." See also ALA's Legislative Action Center
Freedom to Read Statement
A joint statement by the American Library Association and Association of American Publishers. See also the ALA's Fredom to Read Foundation.
Geek the Library
"The Geek the Library project is a community-based public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of your public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face." Provided by OCLC.
Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners
"Growing Young Minds calls upon policy makers and practitioners to fully use the capacity of libraries and museums to close knowledge and opportunity gaps and give all children a strong start in learning." PDF document. Provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
How Libraries Stack Up
An illustrated overview of how libraries help communities. From OCLC. (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)
I Love Libraries: News, Issues, Legislation, Careers & Advocacy for America's Libraries
Described as "the American Library Association's (ALA's) website for the public, designed to keep America informed about what's happening in today's libraries, which are found in public, school, academic, corporate and institutional settings."
Library Bill of Rights
"The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services." From the American Library Association (ALA).
Library Card Sign Up Month (September)
From the American Library Association (ALA).
Library Use Value Calculator
"What is your Public Library worth to you?" Patrons can use this interactive tool to calculate some rough estimates. Provided by New York Library Association (NYLA).
LibraryCareers.org: Make a Living Making a Difference (Careers in Librarianship)
"LibraryCareers.org is a service of the American Library Association designed to promote interest, awareness, and information about careers in libraries. Its purpose is to serve as a starting point to anyone who may be considering working in a library."
Marketing Your Library - Resources for Marketing Libraries
A list of web resources and recommended books from LibrarySupportStaff.com.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)
"Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail." Information from The Library of Congress.
National Library Service: Talking Books
"Talking Books is a free library service available to U.S. residents and citizens living abroad whose low vision, blindness, or physical handicap makes it difficult to read a standard printed page."
National Library Week (April 13-19, 2014)
From the American Library Association (ALA).
NYLA Advocacy Tools
Topics include: Advocacy Tools, Contact Your Elected Officials, Legislative Priorities, Library Advocacy Day, Stronger Libraries Partnership, Sign Up as a Library Advocate, Take Your Child to the Library Day. From New York Library Association (NYLA).
ProtectNYLibraries.org
Advocacy information and materials concerning libraries and the New York State Budget. From the New York Library Association (NYLA).
Thrall Publications - Promoting Library Awareness & Appreciation
  • A Library Is... - A one-page flyer for young researchers on what a library is and does.
  • What We Do for You - A list of services and benefits Middletown Thrall Library provides to its community.
  • Why Libraries Matter - An overview of what public libraries do and contribute to the world.
(PDF format - view with Adobe Reader).

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Associations & Organizations
American Indian Library Association (AILA)
"AILA was founded in 1979 in conjunction with the White House Pre-Conference on Indian Library and Information Services on or near Reservations. An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives."
The American Association of Law Libraries (AALLNET)
"The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information."
American Library Association (ALA)
"The stated mission is, 'To provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.'" Divisions (associations) include:
The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)
"Since 1937, ASIS&T has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information."
American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
"Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of more than 1,000 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA's ecumenical membership represents many religious traditions and denominations."
Art Libraries Society of North America
"The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. This group realized that to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs, an entirely new and separate organization was required."
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
"ARL is a nonprofit organization of research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements."
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
"The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas."
International Association of School Librarianship (IASL)
"The mission of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) is to provide an international forum for those people interested in promoting effective school library media programs as viable instruments in the educational process. IASL also provides guidance and advice for the development of school library programs and the school library profession. IASL works in cooperation with other professional associations and agencies."
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
"IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession."
Medical Library Association (MLA)
"The Medical Library Association (MLA) is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide. MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public."
Music Library Association (MLA)
"The Music Library Association provides a professional forum for librarians, archivists, and others who support and preserve the world's musical heritage."
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper." Includes information for archivists and general information on archives and archiving information.
New York Library Association (NYLA)
"The New York Library Association (NYLA) was founded in 1890 to lead in the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers."

NYLA orrganizational sections include:
  • Academic & Special Libraries Section (ASLS)
  • Library Administration and Management Section (LAMS)
  • Public Libraries Section (PLS)
  • Reference & Adult Services Section (RASS)
  • School Library Media Section (SLMS)
  • Section on Management of Information Resources & Technology (SMART)
  • Youth Services Section (YSS)
Orange Library Association (OLA)
"The purpose of the Orange Library Association (OLA) is to promote the 17 public libraries in Orange County, New York. Goals: Promote library service in Orange County. Encourage access to materials among all libraries in the county through cooperative library service. Promote local and national guidelines and best practices for library services. Educate the public about library services and funding concerns. Provide regular programs, meetings and publications for the education and enjoyment of our members. Oppose censorship with a pledge of active support in local areas where freedoms are attacked."
Society of American Archivists (SAA)
"Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value."
Special Libraries Association (SLA)
"The Special Libraries Association (SLA) was founded in 1909 in the state of New York and is now the international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in over eighty countries worldwide."
SUNY Librarians' Association (SUNYLA)
"The SUNY Librarians' Association promotes the professional development and collaboration of library personnel across SUNY in order to advance library service(s) to our campuses and the people of New York State."
Wikipedia: List of Library Associations Worldwide
Includes organizations for libraries in Europe and elsewhere. Browse by country/region. Please read Wikipedia's disclaimers.


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Blogs, Lists, Discussions
Blogs
ALA TechSource Blog
From the American Library Association.
American Libraries Magazine Blogs
From the American Library Association (ALA).
At Your Library
From American Library Association (ALA).
Book List Blogs
Blogs include:
Audiobooker
"Mary Burkey, a teacher, librarian, and audiobook addict, writes about listening, learning, and the joy of headsets."
Book Group Buzz
"Book group tips, reading lists, and lively talk of literary news from the experts at Booklist Online."
Bookends
"Middle-school librarians Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan prove that two heads are better than one when it comes to discussing YA and children's books."
Likely Stories
"Keir Graff and editors from Booklist's adult and youth departments write candidly about books, book reviewing, and the publishing industry."
Points of Reference
"Mary Ellen Quinn and a team of front-line experts write about reference sources and trends in reference publishing and services."
Catalogablog
"Library cataloging, classification, metadata, subject access and related topics."
Cataloging Futures
"The focus of this blog is the future of cataloging and metadata in libraries."
Designing Better Libraries
"Designing Better Libraries is a blog about design thinking and how it applies to library settings. The goal of this blog is to provide information, news and ideas that librarians can use to design a great library user experience for their communities."
The Dewey Blog
"Everything you always wanted to know about the Dewey Decimal Classification system but were afraid to ask."
The Early Word: The Publisher Librarian Connection
"News for Collection Development and Readers Advisory Librarians."
Free Range Librarian
"K. G. Schneider's blog on librarianship, writing, and everything else."
Law Librarians
LibDex: Library Web Logs
Blogs from various libraries and librarians from around the world.
Library Journal Blogs
A variety of blogs hosted at LJ including: Annoyed Librarian, Blatant Berry Blog, Bubble Room, Digital Libraries, E-Views, Francine Fialkoff Blog, Games, Gamers, & Gaming, In the Bookroom, LJ Insider, Music for the Masses, StudentAffairs.
Library Juice: On the Intersection of Libraries, Politics, and Culture
Library of Congress Blog
Library Stuff
"The library weblog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development."
New York Public Library Blogs
"Welcome to The New York Public Library's public weblogs, a new space where a small but growing number of librarians, curators and other staff are posting regular dispatches from their corner of the NYPL community. With over 50 million items, and thousands of events, services and exhibitions spread across the library system each year, staff are faced with the near impossible task of shedding light on the many hidden treasures and resources on offer here at NYPL. In a sense, the library is like an enormous iceberg: the section peaking above the water represents only a small fraction of its overall size. These blogs are designed to better document and promote this immense trove of information."
Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) Blog
From the American Library Association (ALA).
Phil Bradley's Weblog
"Where librarians and the internet meet: internet searching, Web 2.0 resources, search engines and their development."
Planet Cataloging
"Planet Cataloging is an automatically-generated aggregation of blogs related to cataloging and metadata."
Public Library Association (PLA) Blog
Smithsonian Blogs
Includes AirSpace, American Indian Museum Blog, Archives of American Art Blog, Smithsonian Folklife Festival Blog, Asian Pacific American Center Blogs, Smithsonian Collections, Smithsonian Libraries, and many more.
Thrall Blogs
Blogs include: Beyond the Box Office, Booklovers, Consumers, Environment, Government Information, Health & Wellness, Library Announcements, Library Programs, Reference Service News, Science & Technology, Youth Services & Children's Programs.
Weblogs on Library and Information Science
Listings from Open Directory Project.


Lists (e-mail/mailing lists/listservs) & Online Discussions
American Library Association (ALA) Mailing Lists
Here you can browse (by category) ALA's lists, subscribe/unsubscribe (where the option to do so is available), and view past messages in each list's archive.
DIGLIB
"The DIGLIB mailing list is for librarians, information scientists, and other information professionals to share information about the many issues and technologies pertaining to the creation of "digital libraries."
Fiction-L
"Fiction_L is an electronic mailing list devoted to reader's advisory topics such as book discussions, booktalks, collection development issues, booklists and bibliographies, and a wide variety of other topics of interest to librarians, book discussion leaders, and others with an interest in reader's advisory. Fiction_L was developed for and by librarians dealing with fiction collections and requests; however fiction lovers worldwide are welcome to join the discussion. Among the topics discussed have been: genre study, bibliographies, workshops, audiobooks, reading clubs, and print and electronic resources The discussion is not limited to fiction, but rather covers all aspects of reader's advisory for children, young adults and adults, including non-fiction materials."
GOVDOC-L
"GOVDOC-L is a LISTSERV(c)-based discussion forum about government information and the Federal Depository Library program. Many subscribers are librarians in and out of government, although private and public information producers are represented as well."
NYLINE: New York's Libraries Information Network
"Subscribe to the NYLINE list for up-to-the-minute information about: library developments in New York State; news from the New York Library Association, news from the New York State Library library-related job openings in and around New York State, and networking with your colleagues."
PUBLIB
"PUBLIB has been around since 1992 as a place for ideas, help, and discussion for public librarians and those interested in public libraries."
Web4Lib: Web Systems in Libraries Mailing List
"The Web4Lib electronic discussion is for the discussion of issues relating to the creation, management, and support of library-based World-Wide Web servers, services, and applications."
YALSA (The Young Adult Library Services Association List)
"For people currently teaching children's and young adult literature; a space for library school students, teachers, librarians, and others to discuss theory and practice and exchange ideas, syllabi, and information."
XML4Lib
"The XML4Lib electronic discussion is for the discussion of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and its use in, by, and for libraries and library users."


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Calendars - Workshops & Events
Mid Hudson Library System: Schedule of Events
Middletown Thrall Library: News and Programs
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) Calendar
Southeastern New York Library Resources Council


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Cataloging & Classification Systems
Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2)
"The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) are designed for use in the construction of catalogues and other lists in general libraries of all sizes. The rules cover the description of, and the provision of access points for, all library materials commonly collected at the present time."
The ANSCR Classification System for Sound Recordings
"The Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings (ANSCR) is composed of 46 major categories into which all sound recordings are organized." Click here to see how ANSCR is used at Thrall to classify classical, jazz, and music wellness CDs.
BISAC Subject Headings
"The BISAC [Book Industry Standards and Communications] Subject Headings List is a standard used by many companies throughout the supply chain to categorize books based on topical content." Scroll down page for links to lists. From Book Industry Study Group (BISG). (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)
Cataloging and Classification: Professional Tips
From the ALA (American Library Association) Professional Tips Wiki.
A Concise Guide to Book Industry Product Identifiers
"A Concise Guide to Book Industry Product Identifiers defines and attempts to standardize the nomenclature surrounding product identification. Included are definitions for ISBN-10, ISBN-13, EAN/UCC-13, Bookland EAN, GTIN-14, Item-specific UPC-12 and Price-point UPC-12." Provided by the ISBN-13 Task Force of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG). (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DCC)
Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Described as "an open organization engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models."
Folksonomies
Article from D-Lib Magazine on what a folksonomy is as well as what tags are and how they work to describe information.
Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) - What is FRBR?: A Conceptual Model for the Bibliographic Universe (2004)
An introductory document from the Library of Congress. (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader).
How to Acquire Cataloging Tools
An ALA (American Library Association) Fact Sheet.
An Introduction to Metadata
Provided by University of Queensland Library. (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader).
LC Linked Data Service: Authorities and Vocabularies
"The Linked Data Service provides access to commonly found standards and vocabularies promulgated by the Library of Congress. This includes data values and the controlled vocabularies that house them. The following are currently offered as part of this service: LC Subject Headings, LC Name Authority File, LC Classification, LC Children's Subject Headings, LC Genre/Form Terms, Thesaurus for Graphic Materials, and more."
Library of Congress Classification
See also their Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) for mostly premium services include: Cataloger's Desktop, Classification Web (Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings (LCSH) online), Classification Schedules and Manuals, Cataloging Manuals, Training Tools, News, and more.
MARC Records
MARC stands for "MAchine-Readable Cataloging." "The MARC formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information in machine-readable form." From the Library of Congress.
Sears List of Subject Headings
From EBSCO / H. W. Wilson Company.
SuDoc: An Explanation of the Superintendent of Documents Classification System
From the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office.
Universal Decimal Classification (UDC)
"The Universal Decimal Classification (UDC) is the world's foremost multilingual classification scheme for all fields of knowledge, a sophisticated indexing and retrieval tool."

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Collection Development
Acquiring the Internet
An overview of Internet resource "acquisitions" for libraries. PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Bestseller Lists
From Middletown Thrall Library's Booklovers web guide.
Book Reviews
From Middletown Thrall Library's Booklovers web guide.
CD HotList
"CD HotList: New Releases for Libraries is usually published on the first Monday of each month. It's a free service, and it is exactly what its title suggests: a monthly list of recently-released compact discs that I believe are worthy of the attention of my fellow librarians. I'm not suggesting that all of them will be appropriate for every collection, only that all of them have something special that makes them worth considering - some are simply unusually good, and others might represent a little-known repertoire or musical tradition. Another recommended release might be a reissue of an important recording or a historically significant boxed set. Each entry indicates composer (for classical recordings), title, artist, label, distributor, and catalog number."
Collection Development Policies on the Web
Public Libraries, Community College Libraries, College Libraries, University Libraries, Academic Libraries: Special Collections, National and State Government Libraries, School Libraries).
CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries
CREW (Continuous Review, Evaluation, and Weeding) is a guide to library collection weeding from Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Adobe Reader PDF document. See also this page for related resources.
Diversity in Collection Development
"An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights" from the American Library Association (ALA).
FDLP: Requirements & Guidance
From the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP).
Internet Resource Guide Development: A Primer for Libraries
An overview and exploration of the considerations, challenges, and benefits of creating guides for library users. PDF format. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Key Issues for E-Resource Collection Development
"The purpose of this Guide is to help develop an awareness of the key issues that every library will need to consider and address in developing an e-portfolio." From the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
School Library Collection Development
From SLdirectory.com (Resources for School Librarians).
Shelf Awareness: Drop-in Titles Database
Search or browse current/archived listings. Features "drop-in" / "crash" / "add-in" titles - i.e. "sudden new books or titles with major last-minute changes."
Weeding Library Collections
A Selected Annotated Bibliography for Library Collection Evaluation. From the American Library Association (ALA).
Weeding Library Collections: A Best Practices Wiki


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Education & Training
ALA Core Competences of Librarianship
"The Core Competences of Librarianship define the knowledge to be possessed by all persons graduating from ALA-accredited master's programs in library and information studies." From the American Library Association (ALA).

See also their Knowledge and Competencies Statements by Specialization page.
ALA Scholarship Program
From the American Library Association (ALA).
Communication Skills for Library Staff: Emphasizing the Multicultural Experience
Training materials provided by Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS). (PDF format: view with Adobe Reader)
Continuing Education Opportunities
From Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC).
DigitalLearn.org
"The Public Library Association's new site, DigitalLearn.org, is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. This site is launching in June 2013 and is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation. DigitalLearn.org is being undertaken in partnership with ALA's Office of Technology Policy and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as well as bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders including representatives from national agencies, state libraries, public libraries, community organizations, and many others. Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices."
Digital Literacy.gov
Topics include Basic Computing, Broadband, Internet, Literacy, Mobile / Wireless Computers, Workforce and Job Skills, and more. This site serves both students and teachers / trainers. From the U. S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. See also their Learn the Basics directory of tutorials covering basic computer skills.
Directory of ALA-Accredited Master's Programs In Library and Information Studies
Education for Librarianship
Provided by the American Library Association (ALA).
Microsoft Digital Literacy
"Whether you are new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. The courses help you learn the essential skills to begin computing with confidence, be more productive at home and at work, stay safe online, use technology to complement your lifestyle, and consider careers where you can put your skills to work." Topics include: the value of computers in society, using a mouse and keyboard, computer basics, the Internet, productivity software, security, privacy, digital lifestyles, creating an e-mail account, resumes, searching the World Wide Web, and social networking. From Microsoft.
New York Library Association (NYLA): Awards & Scholarships
NOVELNY: Online Training Resources
NYS NOVEL databases. "The following online training resources are offered by vendors who have products included in the NOVELNY offerings. These are generic materials which are not specific to the NOVELNY program, but will provide some familiarity with the vendor search interfaces and features."
Ohio Library Council: Orientation for New Employees
"Public library training for new employees. An introduction to basic library organization, mission, and services. If this is your first day, week, or month at the library, what will you need to know?"
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS): ANSER Manual
and related library support materials. See also the RCLS ANSER Training LibGuide.
Tech Training for Libraries
"This site has instructor materials and information related to technology training in public libraries for folks teaching public computer classes or training staff to be better one-on-one tech tutors." From Colorado State Library.
Technology Competencies and Training for Libraries
From American Library Association (ALA) / ALA TechSource. Scroll down their page to view various articles in their Library Technology Reports Archive.
WebJunction
"Our vision is to be the place where the worldwide library profession gathers to build the knowledge, skills and support we need to power vibrant, relevant libraries."

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Funding & Grants
ALA: Frontline Fundraising
"Library fundraising takes place every day and at all levels of complexity, from the smallest library's book or bake sale to the large urban library's multimillion dollar capital campaign. You can design a fundraising effort that is perfectly suited to your library, your community and the resources of each. This Frontline Fundraising Toolkit will help you position yourself to do just that."
NYSED: Library Funding, State Aid and Grants in New York State
The Library Grants Center
"A free web tool designed to help librarians everywhere - whatever their level of experience-navigate the world of library grants. The Library Grants Center is divided into three main sections: National Library Grants (search and browse grants and awards available to all libraries by category, purpose, deadline, and more), State Library Grants (use the clickable U.S. map to open up your state's page and get information on how public funds are used in your state as well as what local foundations support libraries in your city, county, or region), and Library Grants: How-To (navigate the intricacies of the grant application process by taking a quick tour, browsing an extensive and interactive list of Frequently Asked Questions, or browsing the various lists of Resources like books, web sites, newsletters, blogs, and more to enhance your grant education)." Salem Press provides this directory of grants.
The 2014 Guide to Funding Programs and Opportunities
"This four-page overview of IMLS funding programs provides succinct information on the agency's grant and award programs, as well as agency initiatives and priorities." Provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


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Jobs & Careers in Libraries
Employment
Employment Resources by Specialty Area, Salaries, Labor Relations Resources, Foreign Credentials Evaluation Assistance. Provided by the American Library Association (ALA).
JobLIST: Library Jobs, Librarian & IT Job Listings
Provided by the American Library Association (ALA) and College & Research Libraries News (C&RL).
Labor Trends & Statistics for Library Workers
Provided by the American Library Association (ALA).
LibGig: Library Jobs, Careers, Placement, Recruiting
Librarian: Career Information
Job description, employment facts, and more. Provided by About.com.
Library of Congress: Job Opportunities
LibraryCareers.org: Make a Living Making a Difference (Careers in Librarianship)
"LibraryCareers.org is a service of the American Library Association designed to promote interest, awareness, and information about careers in libraries. Its purpose is to serve as a starting point to anyone who may be considering working in a library."
LIScareer.com
"LIScareer offers career development resources for new librarians and information professionals, MLS students and those considering a library-related career. The site features practical articles contributed by information professionals, along with links to online and print resources."
LISjobs.com
"Since 1996, LISjobs.com has provided career information for librarians and information professionals."
List of Support Staff Positions in Libraries
This list "is intended to give you an idea about types of jobs you can have as support staff within libraries." Provided by the American Library Association (ALA).
Medical Library Association (MLA): Career Development
Sections include: Career Exploration ("Find Out What It Takes to Become a Medical Librarian!"), Career Video ("Join the Health Care Team-Become a Medical Librarian"), Career Resources for Medical Librarians, Online Career Fair for Career Presentations, Mentoring Resources, Pearls of Wisdom for New MLA Members.
New York State Library: Library Job Openings
Job listings and employment opportunities in NYS. See also NYSL's New York State Public Librarian Certification page.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: Librarians
An overview of the general job duties librarians perform. Sections include: Nature of the Work, Training, Other Qualifications and Advancement, Employment, Job Outlook, Projections Data, Earnings, Related Occupations. Provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS): Library Jobs
Employment opportunities within RCLS member libraries.
Special Libraries Association (SLA): Career Center
Search for jobs and employment opportunities in the library field.


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Library Events Planning Resources
American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office
"The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service. Through professional development activities, programming resources, model programs and grant opportunities, the Public Programs Office supports libraries as they fill their role as community cultural center, a place of cultural and civic engagement, where people of all backgrounds gather for reflection, discovery, participation and growth."
Library Programming
Topics include: Planning and Promotion, Ideas for All Ages, Support and Materials, Book Discussion Groups
Programming Librarian
"Stay connected with programming resources with Programming Librarian, an online resource center for all things related to presenting cultural programs for all types and sizes of libraries. The site includes two main sections: the library and the blog." From American Library Association Public Programs Office.
New York State Performers, Programmers, and Related Resources for Public Libraries and Groups
"This New York State Performers & Programs Database brings together performer and programming related information. It is a resource that features educational and entertaining programs suitable for libraries and other venues. The resource features programs primarily for youth or programs that help adults serve youth."
Summer Reading at New York Libraries
Downloadable materials supporting NYS summer reading book discussions, information for programmers, and more. From New York State Education Department (NYSED), New York State Library. See also their dedicated website for children, teens, parents, librarians and educators as well as the School Summer Reading section of Thrall's Booklovers guide.
Teen NY
"The New York State Library has created the "Teen NY" Facebook page to post activities and information for teens and for those who work with teens."
Teen Read Week
Information and programming ideas. From the American Library Association (ALA), YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).
Teen Tech Week
Information and programming ideas. From the American Library Association (ALA), YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association).

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News from the Library World
Middletown Thrall Library News:
New Books
Thrall News & Events
See also our blogs for more news about programs, databases, electronic and print resources, and more.
Thrall Newsletters

Other News from the Library World:
American Libraries: News
News and articles from the American Library Association (ALA)'s American Libraries magazine.
American Library Association (ALA): Conferences and Events
American Library Association (ALA): Libraries in the News
College & Research Libraries (C&RL) News
Digital Library of the Week
News articles about libraries featured from around the world. From the American Library Association (ALA).
The Digital Shift
"The Digital Shift is the new home for all technology-related stories and features published by Library Journal and School Library Journal. We'll cover everything to keep librarians informed as they help ease patrons' and students' immersion in an increasingly digital world."
Google News: librarians, library, libraries, information science
Current headlines indexed.
Libraries in Crisis: Pictures, Videos, Breaking News
News, articles, and editorials about library closings and efforts to save libraries. Provided by The Huffington Post.
Library Journal: News, Reviews, and Views
Library of Congress: News
LISEvents: The Library-Community Conferences and Events Site
"LISEvents is a community-based site intended to aggregate listings of library-related events of all types, sizes, and locations." From the creator of LISNews.com.
LISNews Librarian And Information Science News
LISWire: The Librarian's News Wire
Described as an "online news and press release distribution service aimed at the librarian and information science profession."
National Archives News
Provided by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
The New York Public Library: News
Press releases and other announcements from NYPL.
New York State Library: News
The New York Times: Libraries and Librarians
Scroll down their page (past the Archive section) for current stories and headlines.
OCLC NextSpace
"NextSpace analyzes industry trends and technology developments as well as feature news about OCLC. Our goal is to help you stay informed and make key decisions."
Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS): Press Room
See also the Weekly Memos page.
Shelf Awareness: Book Trade News & Events
Information about upcoming trade shows of interest to librarians. Includes links to BookExpo America, bookseller associations, and more.
Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC): News


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Preserving & Conserving Information,
Caring for Books & other Materials
Archives.gov: Conservation
Topics include: Deacidification, Drying Methods, Film Recovery, Fire Recovery, Flood Damage, Library Materials, Magnetic Media, Mass De-acidification, Mold Prevention, Objects Recovery. From the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Books and videos on book conservation and restoration in the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS)
Caring for Your Treasures
Sections include: "How to Protect Your Books," "Documents and Works of Art on Paper Documents & Works of Art on Paper," "Photographs," and more. Also available is an "Disaster Recovery and Response: Emergency! If You're First..." guide and search engine for finding conservators. From The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).
Digital Preservation Management
A self-directed tutorial concerning digitization/scanning of books, documents, manuscripts, and other items. Provided by Cornell University Library. See also their Digital Imaging Tutorial.
DigitalPreservation.gov: Digital Preservation Program
"The mission of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program is to develop a national strategy to collect, preserve and make available significant digital content, especially information that is created in digital form only, for current and future generations." Includes information on "Sustainability of Digital Formats." From the Library of Congress.
Library of Congress: Preservation
The second half of this website offers information on caring for, preserving, and salvaging items (if they become aged or damaged). Sections include: Caring for Your Collections, Care, Handling and Storage of Books, Emergency Preparedness (what to do in the event of fire, floods, storms, earthquakes, and other emergencies), Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
Preservation and Collection Maintenance
Topics and publications include: "Air Drying of Wet Books," "Full Book Repair," and more. From Cornell University Library.
Preserving Antique Books
From Antiques Roadshow / PBS.
Preserving My Heritage
"This site is aimed at helping you care for and preserve your treasures, heirlooms, and works of art, and will be useful for training museum volunteers in basic care of collections." Includes information on preserving paper documents and newspaper clippings, books, photographic materials, sound recordings (cassettes, CDs, etc.), and videotapes. From the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI).
Restoring Damaged Photographs
Tips from Genealogy.com.
The Wayback Machine
Locate websites that no longer exist, or request that your own website be archived. Provided by Archive.org.


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Professional Literature
Databases
dLIST: Digital Library of Information Science and Technology
"Established in 2002, DLIST, Digital Library of Information Science and Technology is a cross-institutional, subject-based, open access digital archive for the Information Sciences, including Archives and Records Management, Library and Information Science, Information Systems, Museum Informatics, and other critical information infrastructures. The dLIST vision is to serve as a dynamic archive in the Information Sciences, broadly understood, and positively impact and shape scholarly communication in our closely related fields."
E-LIS: E-Prints in Library and Information Science
"E-LIS was formed in 2003 for the deposit of documents in the Library and Information Science (LIS) domain. It is the first international e-server in this subject area and resulted from the RCLIS (Research in Computing, Library and Information Science) project and the DoIS (Documents in Information Science), promoted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and hosted by AEPIC team on machines of the Italian Consorzio Interuniversitario Lombardo per Elaborazione Automatica (CILEA). E-LIS relies on the voluntary work of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and is non-commercial. There is neither funding nor interest in profiting from the initiative."
Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA)
EBSCO describes this database as "a free resource to anyone interested in libraries and information management. This world-class bibliographic database covers librarianship, classification, information management, and more and indexes nearly 600 periodicals plus books, research reports, and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced database covering the field of information science."

Journals & Periodicals
American Libraries Magazine
"The Magazine of the American Library Association." (ALA)
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Abstracts and table of contents available.
Cites and Insights
Described as "a Web-based journal of libraries, policy, technology, and media."
Computers in Libraries
Described as "a monthly magazine that provides complete coverage of the news and issues in the rapidly evolving field of library information technology."
Electronic British Library Journal (eBLJ)
"The eBLJ is the journal of scholarly research into the contents and history of the British Library and its collections. It is the successor to the British Library Journal, which appeared in twenty-five volumes between 1975 and 1999." Articles are in PDF format (view with Adobe Reader).
Electronic Journals in Librarianship and Information Science
Directory of e-journals in the field created and maintained by librarians at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)
Described as "a refereed journal published quarterly by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association."
Journal of Information Science
Browse table of contents and abstracts from current and past issues. Full text requires subscription.
Law Library Journal
From the The American Association of Law Libraries (AALLNET).
Library Journal
News, reviews, articles, and more.
Library Philosophy & Practice
LIBRES
"LIBRES is an international refereed electronic journal devoted to new research in Library and Information Science." Articles are in PDF format: view them with Adobe Reader.
School Library Journal
News, reviews, articles, and more.

Other Publications, Reports, & Studies
Americans' Reading Habits Over Time
Statistics from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Published June 25, 2013. Click on their tabs (All Books, Print, Audio, E-Book) to view statistics for each category.
Creating the Future: a 2020 Vision Plan for Library Service in New York State
"Recommendations of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries to the New York State Board of Regents."
I2NY: Information Infrastructure for NY
Full report title: "I2NY: Envisioning an Information Infrastructure for New York State." Description: "The New York Information Infrastructure initiative (I2NY) and its Final Report is the starting point for new collaborative actions that will include all libraries and systems in New York. Working groups are being developed to move forward on initiatives identified by the Report. The I2NY Mission is to ensure that all New Yorkers have seamless, unfettered, and affordable access to information, through the creation of a New York statewide information infrastructure which encourages collaboration and joint enterprises among the libraries and archives." From NY 3Rs Association, Inc.
Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
"Accepting the notion of democratic access, placing a major emphasis on public value and impact, and embracing lifelong learning were key overarching messages that emerged from deliberations at the recent seminar Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture which was convened by the Salzburg Global Seminar in collaboration with the Washington-based Institute of Museum and Library Services. The session plunged fifty-eight library, museum, and cultural heritage leaders from thirty-one countries around the world into discussion, debate, and the development of a series of practical recommendations for ensuring maximum access to and engagement in museums and libraries, as they examined the meaning of 'participatory culture' writ large. The session findings are now available and can be accessed on line." Provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Salzburg Global Seminar. See also IMLS' PDF link.
Library Publishing Toolkit
"Both public and academic libraries are invested in the creation and distribution of information and digital content. They have morphed from keepers of content into content creators and curators, and seek best practices and efficient workflows with emerging publishing platforms and services. The Library Publishing Toolkit looks at the broad and varied landscape of library publishing through discussions, case studies, and shared resources. From supporting writers and authors in the public library setting to hosting open access journals and books, this collection examines opportunities for libraries to leverage their position and resources to create and provide access to content. The Library Publishing Toolkit is a project funded partially by Regional Bibliographic Databases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program funds which are administered and supported by the Rochester Regional Library Council. The toolkit is a united effort between Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo and the Monroe County Library System to identify trends in library publishing, seek out best practices to implement and support such programs, and share the best tools and resources."
Library Services in the Digital Age
"Patrons embrace new technologies - and would welcome more. But many still want printed books to hold their central place." A study from Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Published January 22, 2013. (PDF link to complete report).
Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading
A study concerning the importance of libraries to parents. From Pew Research Center. Published May 1, 2013. Direct PDF link to full report.
Public Libraries in the United States Survey
"Statistics are collected from more than 9,000 public libraries. Data are available for individual public libraries and are also aggregated to state and national levels." Provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2011-2012
"Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study 2011-2012 assesses public access to computers, the Internet, and Internet-related services in U.S. public libraries, and the impact of library funding changes on connectivity, technology deployment, and sustainability. The study builds on the longest-running and largest study of Internet connectivity in public libraries begun in 1994 by John Carlo Bertot and Charles R. McClure. The report provides information that can help library directors and library IT staff benchmark and advocate for technology resources in communities across the nation. The data are also of importance for policymakers at local, state, and federal levels, manufacturers of information and communication technologies, and the communities served by public libraries." From the American Library Association (ALA).
State of America's Libraries Report 2013
"Libraries and library staff continue to respond to the needs of their communities, providing key resources as budgets are reduced, speaking out forcefully against book banning attempts and advocating for free access to digital content in libraries, with a keen focus placed on ebook formats. These and other library trends of the past year are detailed in the ALAs 2013 State of Americas Libraries Report." From the American Library Association (ALA).
Younger Americans' Library Habits and Expectations
A report from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project. Published June 25, 2013. PDF link to the complete report.

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Reference Services
Patron Interviews & Information Transactions
Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers
From the American Library Association (ALA).
Reference Competencies
From the Arrowhead Library System in Minnesota.
Nebraska STAR Reference Manual
From the Nebraska Library Commission. Topics include: The Ethics of Reference, The Reference Interview, Tools/Tips, Guidance with People, Where to Find the Answers.
The Reference Interview: Theories and Practice
Article from Library Philosophy & Practice journal.
Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)
"RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need." From American Library Association (ALA).


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Resource Awareness & Discovery
INFOdocket
"Information Industry News + New Web Sites and Tools From Gary Price and Shirl Kennedy."
Infomine: What's New
The Internet Scout Project: The Scout Report
"The project's acclaimed reports and resource archive provide educators, students, researchers, and librarians with fast, convenient ways of staying informed about the most valuable online resources. Our most popular publication, the Scout Report, is one of the Web's oldest and most respected current awareness services."
Knowledge Discovery Resources 2014 - An Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation
"This Internet MiniGuide Annotated Link Compilation is dedicated to the latest and most reliable resources for knowledge discovery available on the Internet. With the constant addition of new and pertinent information coming online it is very easy to experience frequent bouts of information overload. The key is to balance this is guide to find the important knowledge discovery resources and sites both in the visible and invisible World Wide Web." From LLRX.com.
LISnews
The Online Books Page
A regularly updated list of newly available digitized texts (eBooks/eTexts).
Research Buzz
Resource Shelf
Search Engine Land: News
Search Engine News


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Library Terminology & Concepts
General Library Terms & Related Concepts
Call Numbers
What they are and how they work. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Critical Thinking Skills
Asking questions, evaluating information including websites.
Computer Terminology
Some popular computer terms and concepts.
Databases
What they are and why you should use them. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Glossary of Library Terms
From Cornell Univesity Library.
Information Overload
What it is and how you can deal with it. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Library Lingo
"Ever feel that the library staff are speaking a different language? We are! Here are the meanings of some common terms used at the library." Provided by New York Public Library.
Library Terms
Popular words and phrases used in libraries. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Library Terms Translated
A glossary of simplified library terms. Provided by Albany University Libraries.
Reference Services
Learn about databases, search engines, web guides, and more.


Specialized & Technical Terminology
ALA and LIS Acronyms
"This alphabetical listing of library acronyms includes: ALA unit, division, roundtable and committee acronyms, ALA unit publications known by acronyms, Acronyms for other library and related organizations, Abbreviations commonly used in library literature." From American Library Association (ALA).
Computer File Formats
Identifying and working with popular data files. From Middletown Thrall Library.
Glossary of Technical Services Terms
From American Library Association (ALA).
Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science

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Web Resources & Directories
for Further Exploration
Information and Library Science
A directory of web resources provided by Albany University Libraries.
American Library Association (ALA): Links to Library Web Resources
ipl2: Librarianship Resources
A directory of websites by topic.
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
"This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians."
LLRX.com
"Legal and technology articles and resources for librarians, lawyers and law firms."
LibrarySpot.com
Directory of library websites. Includes listings for: Academic Libraries, Film Libraries, Government Libraries, K-12 Libraries, Law Libraries, Medical Libraries, National Libraries.
Open Directory Project: Library Resources
The Researching Librarian
"Web resources helpful for librarians doing research." Sections include: databases, funding, journals, statistics, tools, awareness, proceedings.


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